LSU forward Jarell Martin officially declares for 2015 NBA Draft

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LSU forward Jarell Martin has decided to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, he announced on Wednesday afternoon.

This news was first reported late Tuesday night by Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Two independent sources close to the Tigers’ basketball program said Tuesday that sophomore Jarell Martin has decided to submit his name for the 2015 NBA Draft and forfeit the final two years of college eligibility.

One source said Martin has informed LSU coach Johnny Jones, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. The second source didn’t know if Jones had been informed but confirmed that Martin has decided to leave.

Martin is currently the No. 32 prospect on my board, and after declaration decisions are made he’d have a pretty good chance of going in the first round. Martin’s a terrific athlete at the power forward position, and he began playing with a newfound aggression near the middle of the season this year. That aggression is the key to Martin carving out a niche in the NBA, as he’s certainly athletic enough and a strong enough rebounder to make it.

Some believe Martin will be able to play a type of combo forward position, but Martin was at his best this season near the end of SEC play when he used his athletic ability to slash toward the rim as opposed to settling for outside jumpers. From the end of January on he only took 12 of his 52 3-point attempts, and was much better for it averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. His best position will be as a pure power forward in the NBA.

There is also the question of his size, as DraftExpress currently has him listed at 6-foot-7.5 in their database according to a measurement at the Nike Skills Academy last year. However, he was measured at 6-foot-9 previously, and that lines up more with the 6-10 that he’s listed at on LSU’s website. Wingspan will also be a question, as it’s somewhere in the 6-9 to 6-10 range according to his measurements. All of these will play a role into his how highly he ends up being selected in the upcoming draft.

Jarell Martin may have played his last game for LSU. (USATSI)
Jarell Martin may have played his last game for LSU. (USATSI)

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